Lace up your comfy shoes because we’re going to keep you on the move! Sing along with the magnetic Tim Kubart, take in a traveling circus show, kick off Oktoberfest season and so much more. Read on for ideas to pack fun into your weekend.
photo: Tim Kubart
Tim Kubart and His Space Cadets Land in Chicago
Tim Kubart, star of Sprout’s Sunny Side Up, and his Space Cadets are spreading warmth and kindness once again singing songs from their second album release, Home. Tim has the uncanny ability to climb into a child’s mind and create music about being a kid that makes a connection with his young audience. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Old Town School of Folk Music. $15. All ages. Event details.
Paschke Pages: Family Storytime with Storybook Mom
Artful story time and light refreshments with wildly popular Storybook Mom, Nili Yelin. Listen as Storybook Mom reads from a hand-picked selection of books about artistic talent, inspiration and the creative process that reflect the growth, friendship and collaboration between Ed Paschke and the Zhou Brothers on view in the exhibit, Journey to Art. Sat., 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Ed Paschke Art Center. Free. All ages. Event details.
A Detective Game with Cat-titude
This interactive spy story provides the purrr-fect opportunity to show your little ones the mystery and excitement of live theatre. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, gather clues to help Three Little Kittens find their missing mittens and make new discoveries before Mother Cat comes slinking home. Daily, varied showtimes. Emerald City’s Little Theatre. $15, $8/children 1 & under. Ages 0-5. Event details.
Near West Side
Kapow! Marvel Universe Live
Get ready to experience an electrifying battle between good and evil right before your eyes. Marvel Universe Live! features the most Marvel characters ever assembled in one production – 25! Super hero fans will feel like they’ve stepped into a Marvel blockbuster film come to life with nonstop movie style action and stunts. Thurs.-Sun., varied showtimes. Allstate Arena. $25/$90; kids under 36″ on a lap are free. Ages 4 & over. Event details.
Near West Side
Cirque du Soleil presents KURIOS-Cabinet of Curiosities
Going, going and this will be gone after this weekend – don’t miss your chance to see this show! Performed under the iconic blue and yellow Big Top this is a tale in which time comes to a halting stop, transporting audiences inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. Let your imaginations soar as The Seeker, a time machine wielding scientist, defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent the world around him with steampunk elements featuring characters from another dimension. Shows thru Sept. 20 in the parking lot of the United Center. Tickets start at $35. All ages. Event details.
Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago’s offbeat and totally entertaining circus takes its act on the road, performing in parks in all corners of the city. The troupe does high-wire acts, juggling, clowning and acrobatics. It’s all for a good cause: The tour raises money to improve public parks and playgrounds. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. Wicker Park. $5. All ages. Event details.
Family Fun for All at a Unique Oktoberfest
Hop on the Metra and head to Berwyn for this fest that takes place in the Berwyn Depot District at the Metra stop. The Family Pavilion entertains kids (and adults) with live music, dancing, storytelling, face painting and games. The Berwyn Fire Department will be there to teach kids what to do if there is a fire and we love the dedicated toddler play area staffed by the Berwyn Park District. Fri., 6 p.m.-11 p.m. & Sat., noon-11 p.m. Windsor Ave., between Oak Park & Home Avenues. Free. All ages. Event details.
Rock Your Favorite Lederhosen and Munch on German Faves
The North Shore breaks out its lederhosen at this celebration complete with Bavarian food, beer and German tunes performed by Die Musikmeisters. Come dressed up in traditional german garb for a chance to win prizes. Under the giant tent, you’ll find face painting, crafts, and a giant bounce house for the kids. Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Glenview Haus. Free. All ages. Event details.
Fall is in the Air with S’mores and Campfires
Start the harvest season off right by huddling around the campfire with S’mores and storytelling with the family at historic Wagner Farm. Hot dogs for roasting are available at an additional charge. Sat., 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Wagner Farm. $5; free for ages 2 & under. All ages. Event details.
I Spy Nature-Inspired LEGO Displays
A special two for one! Once you’ve wished the garden a happy 10th, enjoy a day built on fun at Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney, who’s a “professional kid” and the first-ever LEGO Certified Professional. LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 13 larger-than-life, nature-inspired sculptures throughout the east side of the The Morton Arboretum. See if your kid’s little eyes can spy a 7-foot tall regal peacock, a grandfather and grandchild gardening, a giant corn spider (eeek!), a hummingbird sipping nectar from a colorful trumpet flower, an 8-foot dragonfly and more! Be sure to stop by the play-and-stay area where kids can get creative with LEGO bricks. Daily, 7 a.m.-sunset. Morton Arboretum. $14/adult, $9/ages 2-17, free for ages 1 & under. All ages. Event details.
Rediscover Disney Classics on the Big Screen
Revisit beloved Disney classics on the big screen with your favorite Disney groupies. The Walt Disney Company and Cinemark Seven Bridges will show four throwback films daily, seven days a week. Showing this week: Old Yeller, The Absent-Minded Professor, Swiss Family Robinson and Pollyanna. Daily, varied showtimes. Cinemark Seven Bridges. $5. All ages. Event details.
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